Successful ERP and MRP implementation projects don’t just happen. Don’t count on good luck being the reason for success either. They are the product of absolute planning, management, and the hard work of a dedicated team of professionals. All too often, the initial decision by which an ERP or MRP system will be selected is far too limited. By that I mean limited on price which means that the really important parts of implementation are forgotten or lost in the negotiation process.
There are many ways to go about the implementation of your new MRP system. Some better than others.
Copying the “demo company”
What worked at the last implementation.
What someone else said
Would you be surprised if I said that those all give you about the same results? Not surprised at all?
I think that there are a few critical steps in a successful implementation of your MRP system:
Plan – This is no time to skimp on getting the details. A thorough review of your business requirements and processes are necessary to record what is working and what is not. You then take all of these requirements and place them into a requirements project plan that will be used to run the rest of the implementation.
Build – Using the project plan produced in Step 1, build your test system. This is used to ensure those business processes work as expected within the system functionality.
Test – Run the test system through its paces. I would say that you should run through a month of transactions to see how it handles them. It if can handle a regular month, it should be good to go. This test includes training your staff the best practices and procedures. Results from this testing and training should be reviewed to see if they are in line with the overall goals of the implementation.
Go-Live – After you know things are working from the test, your new system should be complete. Your legacy data is migrated a final time to the new system and all of the experience and resources of the project team are on-site and ready to make the final transition to the new system.
Review – With the successful launch of your new system, you will want to periodically check how things are going after every week. These checks should be done on critical systems that provide important information on key areas.
As these 5 implementation steps are carried out you are advancing on the implementation project. As you advance you will see how important it is to have some of the following at your disposal:
Project Management skills – All aspects of the implementation must be tracked by a Project Manager or team. That person will be responsible for assignments, documentation, and budgets. There could be more items or less depending on how big your implementation is.
Systems Support – Before your project can get under way, you will want to know exactly what you have and who can deal with it.
Consulting Services – Many people feel that they can go it alone on implementation projects. Some can. Most can’t. Make sure to have some professional help on hand just in case. I am one who thinks I can do anything, and usually can, but my backup is always available.
Development Services – No matter what, the system will always need to have something added. It is good policy to have some understanding of things from an outsider to make changes to your system when needed.
The successful implementation of your new ERP system will not be the result of luck or chance. Managed properly, it should combine design and dedication to fulfill an excellent implementation